Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says it’s not fair that members of Congress and their staffs will get special taxpayer subsidies to help them pay their Obamacare premiums in the new health insurance exchanges. “I don´t think it´s fair at all,” DeSantis told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. “We can´t treat ourselves as a separate governing class. We´re supposed to be serving the American people. So I´m going to file legislation when we get back to basically stop that.
#3 ~ time to catch up. Since the passage of the 27th amendment you can´t actually change Congressional compensation until an election of the House ´shall have intervened´ and that hasn´t happened.
What that means is that the ´subsidy´ for insurance for members of the House and Senate cannot be extended until after the election in November 2014.
DeSantis knows that ~ so he´s taking a cheap shot. If he were serious he could walk into any federal court with the 27th in hand and put a stop to it.
At the same time the members had been receiving a ´subsidy´ for many years for their insurance programs received through Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. They still had to pay 25% of the premium, the the other 75% came to them as part of their compensation package TAX FREE as does anyone else´s employer paid medical insurance.
When the 2010 election intervened the ObamaKKKare requirement kicked in ~ and with it the clause that REQUIRED members of Congress to get their insurance through ObamaKKKare´s exchanges.
I´d also like to propose that the ´subsidy´ implicit in accepting insurance through FEHB for 2011, 2012 and now 2013 ~ BINGO ~ 3 years!!! ~ was equally improper, the ObamaKKKare change in status having occurred in 2010. Whether those ObamaKKKare exchanges existed or not, due to the 27th, the Congress critters LOST ACCESS to the FEHB and that subsidy (or benefit package).
They actually owe some money to the Treasury! They overdrew the amount Constitutionally available to them and need to repay it!
Kinda the same thing for their 24,000+ staff people
#5 ~ there´s no exemption for federal government executive branch employees or retirees.
We´ve all been getting our insurance through the only source allowed to us for many decades. It´s an insurance exchange system called FEHB ~ no choice ~ but they have negotiated very good rates with the insurance companies.
None of the federal or state exchanges can come near FEHB. Besides, those guys aren´t offering group plans ~ just individual plans. They will cost several times more than FEHB ~ no matter how you look at it.
Sticking Congress and their staff people into the federal exchange for individual medical plans is a gross waste of money! The taxpayers are BEING SCREWED BIG TIME WITH THIS ONE!
It´s not a waste of taxpayer money of Congress critters and staff have to pay the same as do individuals. It comes out of their salaries _just as it comes out of the salaries of ordinary people_. You voted for it, you must live with it.
The FEHB is the very model they had in mind for the exchanges. The federal workforce pays 25% and you pay 75% ~ it´s an income tax dodge.
The Congressional staff people are NOT members of Congress. They will have been paying 25% and will still pay 25% You and I will be paying that 75% for them. But where it used to be 75% of $10,000 it will be 75% of $25,000 ~ that will not be getting paid directly by the Congressional staff.
They get that ´subsidy´ as part of their compensation ~ which is just part of the deal. You can´t give it up and get cash instead BTW.
Seriously, folks need to sharpen up their math skills or they´ll end up thinking they can screw politicians!
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A pack of bikers pummeled a driver in upper Manhattan on Sunday, after a wild chase that began with a fender bender on the West Side Highway, cops said. The brawl erupted after the victim — who was driving his wife and their young child — became surrounded by a swarm of motorcycles on the highway and accidentally hit one of the bikes near W. 125th St. about 2 p.m., police said. But when the driver stopped, several of the bikers began to damage the man’s black Range Rover — so he hit the gas and plowed through three motorcycles before speeding away, cops said.
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Providence College, a Roman Catholic school in Rhode Island, has canceled a lecture in support of same-sex marriage on Thursday by a gay philosophy professor, citing a church document that says that “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.” The lecturer, John Corvino, chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University, in Detroit, has spoken previously at more than 10 Catholic colleges and often appears in friendly debates with religious opponents of gay marriage. His appearance at Providence College had been co-sponsored by nine departments and programs, and some of the
Talking publicly for the first time since his trial and conviction on three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter and more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act, Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell insists he is “spiritually innocent.” Speaking exclusively to Philadelphia magazine writer Steve Volk for a new magazine article and e-book, Gosnell—who was convicted in May of snipping the necks of babies born alive during abortion procedures in his West Philadelphia clinic—believes he was serving the best interests of his community and the women who came to him.
The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening. Among the four speakers was the frighteningly impressive Betsy Hiel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Washington — When the U.S. Justice Department promised not to prosecute illegal marijuana sales planned to begin in Washington state and Colorado next year, its top lawyers demanded that the states reciprocate with a pledge to keep the drug away from minors. And officials in those pioneering pot states – where recreational use of marijuana was approved by voters in November – say they’re ready to comply. But to legalization opponents, such promises are a pipe dream, destined to fail. They say it’s more likely the U.S. will unleash a new industry that will try hard to attract young users
COMPULSIVE users of pornography show the same signs of addiction in their brain activity as alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed. In the first research of its kind, scans showed that a central portion of the brain which is stimulated in drug or alcohol addicts also “lit up” when compulsive pornography users watched explicit material. There was no such effect in the brains of people who were not habitual users of porn. The Cambridge University study will increase pressure for tighter control on porn. Researchers used MRI scans to analyse the brain activity of 19 users of pornography
In what is being described as the first known event of its kind, a transgendered teen was named as her high school’s homecoming queen on Friday. “I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,” 16-year-old Cassidy Campbell said after receiving her crown during the halftime of Marina High’s homecoming football game Friday night in Huntington Beach, CA. The Los Angeles Times published a slideshow of photos from the homecoming event, which you can view here. Cassidy rose to national prominence when it was reported that she was entering the contest.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
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Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
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